Election Day Treats!

Happy Election Day everybody! This is just a reminder that no matter who you support, you should GET OUT & VOTE! Today we have a collection of three easy recipes you can whip up to share with friends and family as you watch the election results roll in! Enjoy!

Red, White, & Blue Rice Krispy Treats – This recipe and tutorial from Lil’ Luna is super simple and really adorable. You could apply the same technique to achieve any color combination for another party! All you need is food coloring, Rice Krispy Cereal, Marshmallows (you could substitute vegan ones), and Margarine or Butter.

Red, White & Blue Cookies – From All Recipes/Southern Living. These chewy cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat! Whip up a batch today!

Red, White & Blue Pretzel Sticks – This recipe comes from Martha Stewart! A perfect combination of salty and sweet. You could do any color combination to fit your party’s decor!

Are you having an election watch party? Or is it your birthday today? Does that change how you celebrate?

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Skip the Chips & Soda Part I: Serve These Healthy Chip Alternatives Instead!

Chips and soda… the staple at any party, gathering, lunch, or event. They seem to be easy crowd pleasers and relatively affordable. But the average 12 oz soda contains 140 calories and 39g of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends 37g of sugar per day for men and 25g of sugar daily for women. We all want to live healthier and happier. It doesn’t mean we can indulge in a sweet treat or drink every now and then.

This week we have some swaps you can make that won’t have you or your guests missing the chips and soda!  So don’t worry, you won’t be the weird guest or bad host if you show up with one of these alternatives in place of the standard chips and soda. Instead your healthier options may end up being the life of the party! We will start out by sharing some swaps for potato chips, and Thursday we will have a collection of alternatives to soda!

Swap Out Chips With These Alternatives:

Apple Chips – These are a lighter and healthier alternative to the standard potato chip delivering a nice crunch and slightly sweet taste.

Seneca Apple Chips

Kale Chips – These aren’t as pretty as some chips, but they are very healthy and tasty!

Baked Kale Chips from All Recipes

Soy Crisps – These are super crunchy, high in protein, and taste great alone or with any dip you would normally serve with chips.

Whole Foods Sea Salt Soy Crisps

Fresh Veggies – These are crunchy and pretty, and serving them with a healthy dip can deliver the salt and tang you crave in a chip! You can save time and pick up a pre-made platter from just about any grocery store these days!

Fresh Veggie Platter

Whole Grain Pretzels – We are in love with the Newman’s Own line of pretzels! They are made with organic ingredients, low in calories, have an excellent crunch and taste, and are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors. We are partial to the honey wheat!

Newman’s Own Pretzels

Lentil Chips – these chips are light, fluffy, high in protein, and very tasty!

Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips

Lentil Crackers – These crackers are crispier and crunchier than the chip version and super tasty!

Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Crackers

What would you serve in place of the standard potato chip?

 

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